Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year!


Happiness - a quality obscure,
Associated with good and pure.

Presumed the culmination of success,
Part of living when devoid of stress.

“Yesterday” plays court to future gain.

“Now” is in our grasp - we can detain
Each fragile moment at its best - no fee!

We overlook the happiness that’s free:

Yellow daffodils in morning sun,
Even webs an untaught spider’s spun,

A chrysalis that magically will change -
Rewards of Nature in our daily range.

Poem by Joan Abramson
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Call To Action: ALAA ALERT - Clear Creak Public Meetings

The Clear Creek area has been a collecting area for Serpentine, (California State Rock), Benitoite, (California State Gem) and a multitude of other agates, rocks and minerals for over 50 years. It has been a recreational and camping area for a lot longer. Please help keep the Clear Creek Area open for all users. If you live in the area please try to attend the public meetings and show your support. If you can not attend the meetings please mail or fax your comments to the responsible parties by the deadline date.

Clear Creak Public Meetings: BLM to Host Public Meetings for Clear Creek Draft Plan
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hollister Field Office will host three public meetings to gather comments on the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) DraftResource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in January 2010.
"We encourage the public to attend these meetings to find out more about Clear Creek and help us plan for its future management," said Rick Cooper, BLM Hollister Field Office manager. The draft RMP/EIS covers about 75,000 acres of public lands administered by BLM in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties. The draft RMP/EIS does not include public lands outside of the CCMA.

The draft RMP/EIS was developed through a public planning process and considers seven alternatives. The primary issues addressed are public health risk from asbestos exposure in CCMA, recreation, protection of sensitive natural and cultural resources, energy and mineral development, land tenure adjustments, and other planning issues identified during the public scoping process.

Each public meeting will begin with an open house where the public can gather information, talk with BLM specialists, and provide written comments on the draft RMP/EIS. Following the open house, the BLM will give a brief introduction followed by an opportunity for the public to provide oral comments on the draft RMP/EIS. Although oral comments will be noted on flip charts, BLM will only respond to written public comments in the proposed RMP and final EIS.

Comments must be postmarked or received by BLM no later than March 5, 2010.

The public is encouraged to attend the public meetings to gather information and provide comments on the draft RMP/EIS. All public meetings will take place from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at:
  • January 13, 2010: Harris Ranch Garden Ballroom, 24505 W. Dorris Ave., Coalinga
  • January 14, 2010: Veterans Memorial Hall, 649 San Benito St. Hollister
  • January 20, 2010: Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Meeting Rooms, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
The draft RMP/EIS is available on-line for public review at the Hollister Field Office webpage:

Compact disks of the document are available by request from the Hollister Field Office at the address above.

For additional information contact the Hollister Field Office at (831) 630-5000.

Two websites for those interested in keeping Clear Creek Management Area open:
http://www.foccma.org is friends of Clear Creek.
http://salinasramblersmc.org motorcycle club site - for history of Clear Creek use

Photo - Webmineral http://webmineral.com

Friday, December 4, 2009

Go To a Gem and Mineral Show This Weekend!

4-6--EL PASO, TEXAS: Show; El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, geode cutting, silent auction, demonstrations, door prizes; contact Gem Center USA, (877) 533-7153 or (915) 533 7153

4-6--MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA: Show; Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society; Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Dr.; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; door prizes, demonstrations; contact Jane Barkley, 740 N. Georgetown Dr., Montgomery, AL 36109, (334) 277-2733; e-mail: GoldenNugget@hotmail.com; Web site: http://montgomerygemandmineralsociety.org/show.aspx

4-6--SPRING HILL, FLORIDA: 35th annual show; Withlacoochee Rockhounds; Slovene American Club, 13383 County Line Rd.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; adults $3, students $1, children 12 and under free; minerals, gemstones, fossils, handcrafted jewelry, lapidary equipment, gem and mineral auction, replicas of Aaron's Breastplate and famous diamonds of the world; contact James Raffone, (727) 862-4560; e-mail: Info@withlacoocheerockhounds.com; Web site: WithlacoocheeRockhounds.com

5-6--BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA: 34th annual show; Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society; Cora Harper Community Center, 841 S. Barstow Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; classes, dealers, demonstrations, displays, grab bags, silent auction, wheel-of-fortune; contact Gene Haines, (760) 256-0595; e-mail: email@mdgms.org; Web site: www.mdgms.org

5-6--COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: 46th annual show; Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society; Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop; adults $5, seniors and kids 6-15 $3, children under 6, uniformed Scouts and leaders, active military with ID free; dealers, rocks, gems, fossils, jewelry, silent auction, exhibitors, gold panning demonstrations, door prizes, kids' area; contact Ronald Yamiolkoski, (719) 488-5526; e-mail: info@csms.us; Web site: www.csms.us

5-6--ROUND ROCK, TEXAS: Show, "Fossil Fest"; Paleontological Society of Austin; Old Settler's Heritage Association, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4; adults $2, children $1; grand door prize, fossil dealers, specimens from around the world, fossil exhibits, demonstrations, special youth group presentation, "Wheel of Fossils", fossil identification; contact Linda McCall, 29617 Evans Ln., Highland, CA 92346, (512) 422-2322; e-mail: lndmccall02@yahoo.com; Web site: www.texaspaleo.com/psa/fest.html